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St. Croix Residents Line Up Early for VI-R3 Distribution

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St. Croix Residents Line Up Early for VI-R3 Distribution


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Grant Will Pay for Four VIPD Officers

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Mapp Meets Interior Secretary Zinke in D.C

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Mapp Meets Interior Secretary Zinke in D.C


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Recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Tech Experts Team Up to Connect St. John

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Tech Experts Team Up to Connect St. John


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A Burning Question: What to Do with Dead Wood?

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Chamber of Commerce Expresses Concern Over Delays in Repairing Airport

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St. Croix Ex-Pat’s Novel Tells the Story of Fireburn
Apple Gidley’s novel, “Fireburn,” hit bookstores on Oct. 1, and that was no accident. Amazon released its copies that same day, also intentional. Oct. 1 marked the anniversary of St. Croix’s 1878 worker rebellion known as Fireburn. Undercover Books & Gifts will host a book signing with Gidley from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14. In “Fireburn,” Gidley spins a tale around Anglo-Danish Anna Clausen, who returns home to St   Read More ...
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New, Stronger Utility Poles
Many readers have noticed that as the Water and Power Authority puts up new utility poles to replace the many, many poles that were knocked down and snapped in half in the recent storms, some of the replacements are bigger. WAPA is actually using several pole sizes, based on available materials and WAPA”s future needs, spokesperson Jean Greaux said. “Longer poles are being used in some locations based on engineering studies that look into the future for expansion of the electric system   Read More ...
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Today I am Very Thankful... - News of St. John
November 23, 2017 at 9:09 am May the stuffing be with you. This Thanksgiving we give thanks that our St John is recovering and the residents are strong.We will return in March. Reply November 23, 2017 at 9:14 am And those of us not on island are grateful for you. Thank you for keeping us apprised of the happenings there   Read More ...
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In the Matter of the Estate of Martin Peck Merrick, Deceased
It is hereby brought to public notice that a Petition for Probate and for Letters of Administration has been filed in the matter of the Estate of Martin Peck Merrick, Deceased. Pursuant to V.I. Code Ann. tit. 15, § 391, all persons having any claims against the Estate are requested to present them, with the proper vouchers, to Dwayne Henry, Esq   Read More ...
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Joselito Ventura Dies at 40
Joselito Ventura, also known as “Jose” or “Nestin,” of Campo Rico died on Sunday, Nov. 12. He was 40 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Ventura; grandparents: Maria E. Parrilla, Matilde Santiago-Ventura and Dolores Ventura; and uncle, Tony Ventura. He is survived by his mother, Maria Gittens; stepfather, Jeffery Gittens; adopted grandfather, Petrie Joseph Sr.; companion, Nahieda Rivera; daughters: D’Niella, D’NeyJah and D’Nyriah Ventura; adopted daughter, Dellitta Mapp; son, Jermiah Ventura; sisters: Nakesha Ventura-Burroughs, Erica, Marisela, Lisette and Ana Mireya Ventura and Irene Correa; and brothers: Luis Martinez, Randolph Lafond, Kemo Alleyne- Jackson, Edwin Estien Jr   Read More ...
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Much to be thankful for this year, Governor Mapp says
Governor Kenneth E. Mapp wished Virgin Islanders and all those in the Territory assisting with the recovery efforts a Happy Thanksgiving. The Governor said he was enormously thankful for the many blessings received during one of the Territory’s most difficult and challenging years. “I will remain eternally grateful that there were relatively few major injuries and fatalities despite the severity of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” Governor Mapp said   Read More ...
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Memorial Service Planned for Norman Alphonso Yarwood
The family of Norman Alphonso Yarwood, also known as “Normie,” of Watergut, Christiansted, announces to the public that a memorial service will be held in his honor on Dec. 5. He is survived by his beloved beautiful wife, Sophia A. Phillip- Yarwoodmother, Ann Marie Yarwood; father, David M. Greenidge (deceased), adopted mother, Marie Derricks; step-children: Kyjauni, Kalimah and Kalimba Joseph; children: Norman Jr   Read More ...
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WAPA Releases Restoration Update for November 21
HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. At the end of the work day, Tuesday, Nov. 21, V.I. Water and Power Authority (WAPA) reported significant progress on its restoration effort in both districts. With the primary circuits on most feeders significantly reconstructed, the restoration of service to commercial and residential customers is progressing. On St. Croix, crews restored service up to Cotton Valley on Feeder 2A, while primary circuits were developed to Point Udall, and reconstruction of those circuits will continue toward the Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino   Read More ...
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Hastily Removed, Medical Evacuees Now Feel Adrift
Wind howling, roofs flying and flood waters rising – all combined to leave thousands of Virgin Islanders feeling vulnerable this September. But for a group of Virgin Islanders moved to the U.S. mainland in a medical evacuation, the vulnerability remains. Hundreds of patients needing ongoing care left the territory after Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged the territory’s two major hospitals. Damage at the Gov   Read More ...
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SBA Reminds V.I Residents to Apply to Become Eligible for FEMA Grants
SBA Public Affairs Specialist Tamara Jackson reminded Virgin Islanders Wednesday to apply to FEMA by the Dec. 18 deadline for grants of as much as $200,000 for damage to their homes or $40,000 for the loss of personal property from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday at Government House on St. Croix, Jackson said people should complete the FEMA application even after being referred to the SBA   Read More ...
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Virgin Islanders Can Get Tips on How to Rebuild Stronger Homes at Sunday Event – Inform USVI
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Virgin Island survivors who are cleaning up and rebuilding after the hurricanes can receive free advice on protecting their homes now and making them more resilient against future disasters at the St. Croix Landmarks Society’s Starving Artists event on Sunday. Hazard Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have a table at the event from 11 a   Read More ...
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Midshipman from the V.I. Shares College Application Tips, Experiences
Growing up, Kobe Sutton always knew he wanted to be a military man. The son of a V.I National Guard lieutenant colonel, Sutton also knew that he was more interested in joining the Navy, but since his alma mater, St. Croix Educational Complex, didn’t have a JROTC program, he didn’t fully commit to the career until his junior year of high school   Read More ...
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Virgin Islanders Can Get Tips On How To Rebuild Stronger Homes At Sunday Event
ST. CROIX —Virgin Island survivors who are cleaning up and rebuilding after the hurricanes can receive free advice on protecting their homes now and making them more resilient against future disasters at the St. Croix Landmarks Society’s Starving Artists event on Sunday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday. Hazard Mitigation specialists from FEMA will have a table at the event from 11 a   Read More ...
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Temporary Relocation of TSA Causes Heavy Delays at King Airport
Outgoing passengers at Cyril E. King Airport waited for several hours for flights Wednesday due to delays in passenger screening by the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration. The delays were due to temporarily relocating the passenger screening area to make room for repairs to that part of the airport. Repairs are expected to take a couple of weeks, so the V.I. Port Authority is urging passengers to come to the airport “several hours early,” just in case   Read More ...
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Central High Teachers Take Walk-Out Action As Unsanitary Restroom Conditions Persist
ST. CROIX — Unable to cope with unsanitary conditions of restrooms at the Central High School (C.H.S.) caused by an ongoing low water pressure problem, teachers walked out of classrooms two hours after school began, which is in accordance with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) contract with the government, to protest the inaction of the Department of Education (D.O.E.) on the issue, and in an attempt to get the problem addressed   Read More ...
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National Parks Reopen In U.S. Virgin Islands Following Hurricanes
The Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument on the island of St. Croix, and Trunk Bay Beach at Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John have reopened following lengthy closures because of damage wrought on the parks by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Dept. of Interior (D.O.I.) announced Tuesday. D.O.I. said the National Park Service is an important economic engine in the USVI, attracting more than a half a million visitors in 2016 and supporting 900 jobs in the community   Read More ...
Mapp Assails Senators As Legislature Fails To Act On Bills, Says ‘Inaction And Excuses’ Won’t Advance Virgin Islanders
ST. THOMAS — Governor Kenneth Mapp on Tuesday lashed out at members of the 32nd Legislature for failing to approve a number of bills in a special session called by the governor and held on Tuesday. “I’m hopeful Senators understand that their inaction today does not advance our recovery,” Mr. Mapp said in a statement issued to the media late Tuesday   Read More ...
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St. Croix Residents Line Up Early for VI-R3 Distribution
When organizers of Virgin Islands-Relief, Recover, Rebuild, known as VI-R3, arrived at their most recent distribution event, they found residents had been waiting in the Sunshine Mall parking lot since 6 a.m. for the 11 a.m. event. People continued to arrive throughout the day with the line of cars extending through the parking lot and onto Centerline Rd. VI-R3 distributed 2,000 cases of water, 130,000 C and D batteries and many hygiene kits between 11 a   Read More ...
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U.S. EPA Identifies Collection Locations for Household Hazardous Waste
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified collection locations for household hazardous waste. Residents should drop off their household hazardous waste at the collection pad location closest to them: o St. Croix: at Evelyn Williams Elementary School. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. o St. John: at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center. Hours of operation: 7:30 a   Read More ...
Grant Will Pay for Four VIPD Officers
The Virgin Islands Police Department will be able to hire four additional full-time officers for three years due to a $586,920 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced Monday. The VIPD is one of 179 law enforcement agencies throughout the country to receive a total of $98.5 million to hire 802 officers to address specific local crime problems through community policing strategies, according to a news release from the U   Read More ...
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Mapp Meets Interior Secretary Zinke in D.C
Gov. Kenneth Mapp met with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Thursday to discuss hurricane response and recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a news release from the Interior Department. “Recovering from natural disasters requires a team effort, and the Department of the Interior is absolutely committed to helping the Virgin Islands return to normal,” Zinke said. “Our Insular Affairs team has been working around the clock to provide relief to those ravaged by hurricane, and we will continue these efforts in the weeks and months to come   Read More ...
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DOE to Host ‘Relief on the Dock 2’ – a Thankfulness Concert Set
The Virgin Islands Department of Education – Division of Music Education invites the public to the Relief on the Dock 2, which is a “Thankful” music concert set for 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, at the West Indian Company (WICO) Dock. The Thanksgiving edition of the “stress-relieving concert” will feature music from the Charlotte Amalie and Ivanna Eudora Kean high schools’ combined groups under the direction of music educators Francis Callwood, Shamoi Rodgers and Anthony Nibbs   Read More ...
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Walgreens Plans to Reopen in Mid-December
Jaime Sanchez, director of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens, released the following information concerning the status of our Walgreens drugstore on St. Thomas: “First, we’d like to thank our Virgin Islands customers for their patience as we have worked as expeditiously as possible to reopen our St. Thomas Walgreens drugstore. We also want to thank local authorities, FEMA, the American Red Cross and all the others who have worked with us during these difficult weeks   Read More ...
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Frederiksted Pool Inaccessible and Damaged by Hurricane and Looters
One of Hurricane Maria’s stunning accomplishments was to destroy a section of the road leading to the Vincent Mason recreation area on St. Croix’s south of Frederiksted, rendering the road impassable and co-mingling fresh water from the Salt Pond with seawater. The Mason Pool, also known as the Frederiksted Pool, is a popular facility for birthday parties and other celebrations. The large pool and an adjacent covered picnic area are the centerpiece of the yellow and white concrete compound   Read More ...
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VIPA Announces TSA Relocation at Cyril E. King Airport
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening area has been temporarily relocated in the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) Terminal to begin the process of completely reopening the terminal and resuming normal operations. Passengers will be temporarily screened at the entrance of the preclearance area of the terminal until additional repairs to it are completed. These repairs are expected to be done within 10 days, and normal operations at CEKA should resume by mid-December, according to a press release by the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA)   Read More ...
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Port Authority Announces Temporary Relocation Of TSA At Cyril E. King Airport
ST. THOMAS — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening area has been temporarily relocated in the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) Terminal to begin the process of completely reopening the terminal and resuming normal operations, Virgin Islands Port Authority Assistant Executive Director Damian Cartwright announced Tuesday. Passengers will temporarily be screened at the entrance of the preclearance area of the CEKA terminal until additional repairs to the terminal are completed   Read More ...
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Senate Postpones Action on Legislation for a Week
V.I. senators voted Tuesday to hold off at least another week before deciding on legislation requested by Gov. Kenneth Mapp on recycling, anti-doping laws for horse racing, a loan authorization and two Coastal Zone Management permits. Mapp called a called a special session of the Legislature for Tuesday, asking them to act on the priorities, some of which are new and some of which have been languishing for a year or more   Read More ...
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Power Returning to the Islands
Virgin Islanders are beginning to see the light. As power returns to neighborhoods throughout the territory, street and traffic lights are becoming a familiar sight again, with more and more businesses and homes illuminated after dark. According to a news release Tuesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged almost 90 percent of the territory’s electrical grid in September   Read More ...
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V.I. National Parks Reopen
Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument on St. Croix and Trunk Bay Beach at V.I. National Park on St. John all reopened Monday, the U.S. Interior Department announced. The territory’s national parks attracted more than a half a million visitors in 2016 and support 900 jobs in the community, according to the National Park Service. Visitors spent $70 million and helped support $34 million in labor and more than that in total economic output, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the U   Read More ...
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USVI National Parks are top tourist destinations, Visitors spent in $70M for USVI in 2016
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp announced the reopening of Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument on the island of St. Croix and Trunk Bay Beach at Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John. The National Park Service is an important economic engine in the USVI, attracting more than a half a million visitors in 2016 and supporting 900 jobs in the community   Read More ...
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WAPA Has Received Over $76 Million In FEMA Grants To Fund Power Restoration; A Third Of USVI Now Has Power
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged almost 90 percent of the territory’s electrical grid in September, Virgin Islanders have spent weeks in the dark. Today, more than a third of customers have functioning power – and the territory is making headway in reaching its goal of restoring electricity to 90 percent of customers with functioning meters by the end of the year   Read More ...
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A Sign of Recovery: Power Returning to U.S. Virgin Islands
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Virgin Islanders are beginning to see the light. As power returns to neighborhoods throughout the territory, street and traffic lights are becoming a familiar sight again, with more and more businesses and homes illuminated after dark. After hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged almost 90 percent of the territory’s electrical grid in September, Virgin Islanders have spent weeks in the dark   Read More ...
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Popular Chef Temporarily Takes Over Little Olive Food Truck - News of St. John
There are so many great things happening here on St. John, and today we have yet another great story to share with all of you. Little Olive, the Greek food truck that is stationed over in the parking lot by motor vehicles in Cruz Bay, has been closed since the summer. (Like many restaurants, they were not open during Irma due to annual seasonal closings) Well, today the food truck is reopening but with a twist   Read More ...
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VIPD Said To Be Investigating Death Of 67-Year-Old Man At Bolongo Bay Resort
ST. THOMAS — V.I.P.D. officers in St. Thomas are investigating what may have led to the death of a 67-year-old man, whose unresponsive body was found at the Bolongo Hotel Resort (police did not specify the exact location) at around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. The victim, identified by next of kin as Dale Harrigan, was found face up on the ground, said Glen Dratte, the V   Read More ...
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589 Vessels Were Impacted By Hurricanes Irma And Maria In USVI, EPA Says
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday revealed that 589 vessels were identified as being impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The count, higher than that of Puerto Rico, which on Monday stood at 340, brings to the fore the vast damage the USVI’s marine industry sustained during the passage of the ruinous storms. The EPA continues to play a major role in mitigating the impact that damaged vessels, including sunken ones, have on the environment   Read More ...
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Man Caught In Act Of Burglarizing Medical Facility In St. Thomas
ST. THOMAS — A man was caught by police while burglarizing the Medical Foundation in St. Thomas, a facility hosting a variety of medical practices here, V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Glen Dratte made known late Monday. According to Mr. Dratte, on Sunday at about 7:00 p.m., patrol officers responded to a burglary at the medical facility, and upon their arrival, discovered that one of the western glass windows had been broken   Read More ...
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Group Of Leading Environmental Health Scientists And Medical Professionals Call On Mapp To Ban Air Curtain Incineration Of Hurricane Debris
As the Mapp administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency prepare to incinerate hurricane debris left behind by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the voices of opposition to the method of ridding the islands of the waste continue to rise. In a letter addressed to the governor and Senate President Myron Jackson on Monday, leading environmental health scientists and medical professionals with expertise in air pollution called on the leaders to ban air curtain incineration of hurricane debris   Read More ...
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Slow Return of Beaches, Tourism Industry is Bittersweet for Visitors, Residents
For Magens Bay Authority Executive Director Hubert Brumant, surveying the damage done to the world-famous beach after Hurricanes Irma and Maria passed through the territory in September was heartbreaking. “It was bad, it was really bad,” he said in a recent interview with the Source. “We lost a bathroom, we lost the concession, but what you could see the most was the impact to the vegetation   Read More ...
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Slow Return of Beaches, Tourism Industry is Bittersweet for
For Magens Bay Authority Executive Director Hubert Brumant, surveying the damage done to the world-famous beach after Hurricanes Irma and Maria passed through the territory in September was heartbreaking. “It was bad, it was really bad,” he said in a recent interview with the Source. “We lost a bathroom, we lost the concession, but what you could see the most was the impact to the vegetation   Read More ...
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Work on Smith Bay Road Scheduled for Week of Nov. 20-26
In an ongoing effort to make roads passable due to the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the V.I. Department of Public Works (DPW) will continue with road repairs this week, according to a press release from DPW. Since 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20, road crews have been working on Smith Bay Road in the area adjacent to the Margaritaville entrance   Read More ...
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